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Family Workshops at Rose Hill

July 23, 2010

This week I’ve been running family printmaking workshops at Rose Hill in Oxford. The workshops are for the children who were involved in the ARMA project this term to give them the chance to bring their families along and show off their printing skills and give everyone the opportunity to try monoprinting.

Next Sunday everyone is welcome to come along to the Print Your Own Bunting Workshop that I’m running with Modern Art Oxford.

Sunday 1 August

Rose Hill Primary School, Oxford

11am – 3pm

Come along and print some bunting to brighten up your garden this summer and make some to add to the bunting we’re creating for Rose Hill Primary School and MAO.

Print your own bunting!

Week 5 at Rose Hill

June 8, 2010

Today, all three groups (year 3/4, year 2 and year 5)  worked on their designs for printing onto T shirts and bags next week.

We printed the collagraph animals they’d made before half-term and also drew some monotypes of different creatures.  This week I’m taking their prints back to the studio in order to create photostencils on screens so they can screenprint their images next Tuesday in a variety of colours.

Rose Hill project

June 1, 2010

The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award has enabled me to work with The Art Room at Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford on a weekly basis until July. I’m printing with three groups of children from year 2 – year 6 and working towards making magnetic wallpaper at the end of the project.

The Art Room is a wonderful caring and creative environment in which the most challenging children can ‘learn and achieve through art’. We’re printing each week and using stories like Handa’s Surprise, The Hungry Caterpillar and The Tiger Who Came to Tea as inspiration for their monotypes, monoprints and collagraphs. Here are a couple of pictures of some of the gorgeous colourful monoprints the children are making.

Animated dressing screen at Preston Manor

March 28, 2010

My piece for the Unravelling the Manor House project is now finished and on Friday i installed it at Preston Manor, Brighton.  The exhibition of all 12 artists’ site-specific work responding to the house, will be exhibited from 1 May – July.

emma and screen II emma and screen

My proposal was to create a partially animated wallpaper that depicted vignettes of the “below stairs” world in this Edwardian country house. The final piece ended up being a back-projected dressing screen with a screenprinted repeat pattern featuring some of the 17 servants that worked in the house. Each figure appears, doing their daily tasks in the house from lazy footmen, sneaky butlers, diligent scullery maids, weary housekeepers and dexterous chefs.

I really love how the screen works in the bedroom – it’s much more alive than in my studio –  and now i’m just hoping the projector lasts the three months! I also can’t wait to see the other artworks that are currently being installed at the Manor.

To see the screen in action follow this link…


Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award

March 11, 2010

I am thrilled to have been awarded the 2010 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award. This will mean that over 10 weeks I will be printmaking with children at The Art Room, Oxford. Based at Rose Hill Primary School, The Art Room is a pioneering charity working with children who are experiencing difficulties at school through art as a means of building self esteem and confidence.

We’ll be exploring stories using lots of printing processes and creating our own hand-bound books of prints. At the end of the project, the children’s designs and prints will be incorporated into a repeat pattern and screenprinted onto wallpaper. My plan is to print a magnetic wallpaper which is interactive with various elements of the design able to be moved around by the viewer.

It’s an exciting project and a fantastic opportunity to develop my practice as well as working with these great organisations. I’m also really looking forward to using the children’s ideas and artwork as the basis for the wallpaper design.

Unravelling the Manor

March 4, 2010

animating 2 animating

I’m working this month on completing the animated wallpaper design for Preston Manor as part of the Unravelling the Manor project which opens in May. I’m screenprinting a design based on the 13 servants who worked at the house during the early 1900s. An element of this design will be animated – i’ll post a clip of this in situ this at the end of the month when it’s finished … if it works!

So far, i’ve been reading lots about life as an Edwardian servant,  drawing monotypes of the repetitive tasks of the maids, cutting silhouette servants that can be moved and trying to be patient with stop motion animation…

maid and mop

etchings – work in progress

January 21, 2010

This week i’ve been working on a couple of two-plate etchings… featuring more wolves and lighting fixtures… inspired by several fairytales – maybe The Tiger’s Bride? mostly, i’ve been experimenting with soft grounds and textures, washes and then drawing more detail into hard grounds and working out how long they need in the ferric chloride… it’s going to be a while before they’re finished so i thought i’d put a bit on here to show the development of an etching…

proofing the copper plate etchings

proofing the copper plate etchings

experimenting with inks and developing the background plate

experimenting with inks and developing the background plate

snowed in

January 6, 2010

snowy beer beach

snowy beer beach

There’s even snow by the sea! so i’m stuck in the village, and am inside designing new lino cuts to sell at the contemporary craft fair in Bovey Tracey this summer.

snow pebbles

arts council, wolves & animation

October 27, 2009

I’m really delighted to have received funding from Arts Council England SW to develop my wallpaper and start to use digital media with my work. This means that this year i’ll be learning about animation and working on making a short film.

Catherine Cartwright (my friend and fellow printmaker who i share a studio with) and i are hoping to find a way of collaborating and creating a piece of work together using our printmaking and NEW animation skills!

Last week we ventured up to North Devon in the rain to draw and film these wet wolves. I wanted to work out how they move before attempting to animate them.

wet wolves

I made my first Lotte Rieniger inspired shadow puppet too.

I made my first Lotte Rieniger inspired shadow puppet too.

Printing story tiles

October 16, 2009

screenprinting peter & wolf

i’ve also been in the workshop screenprinting work to exhibit in Present Makers – an exhibition of contemporary craft at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton this November. These are images of screenprinted stories onto painted mdf with metallic relief prints on using wallpaper and Honiton lace.

peter & wolf